'Widows of Vidarbha' book review: Harvesting the living dead

Strap: Kota Neelima's book fails to capture the depth of one of India's biggest human tragedies

In Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece Seven Samurai, an ever angry Kikuchiyo extrapolates his disgust for farmers, “What do you think of farmers? You think they’re saints? Hah! They’re foxy beasts! They say, “We’ve got no rice, we’ve no wheat. We’ve got nothing.” But they have. They have everything. Dig under the floors. Or search the barns. You’ll find plenty... Look in the valleys, they’ve got hidden warehouses. They pose as saints but are full of lies. If they smell a battle, they hunt the defeated. They’re nothing but ...